22. Paul Dano
Dano's stylized performance as the ambitious young preacher Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood didn't sit well with everybody; some critics found him too broad in the part. But how can anyone be too broad in a movie that also features Daniel Day-Lewis gloriously chewing up scenery left and right? Rather, Dano's loudly, outwardly earnest character makes an ideal foil for Day-Lewis' loudly cynical protagonist. These are not just two men, they are two historical forces – capitalism and the clergy – colluding and colliding over the course of a film that, not unlike Inherent Vice, is all about the corrupting nature of power and money.